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Ring in the New Year in support of critters

Organizers hope a New Year's Eve gala Friday night will raise enough funds to stock a new surgical center for the Dawson County Humane Society.

December 29, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Gold Creek property sale official

More than two years after Gold Creek Golf Club closed and later went into foreclosure, a local businessman has bought the property with the intention of reviving the former resort-like setting.

December 29, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Lawman continues to recover from surgery

A Dawson County Sheriff's deputy who collapsed while en route to a call last week has been released from the hospital after undergoing emergency surgery.

December 29, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Authorities unsure if death related to fire

Officials are awaiting autopsy reports to determine if a Dec. 16 fire is responsible for the death of a second woman.

December 29, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Five honored for achievements

Dawson County Emergency Services recently paid tribute to five individuals who made significant contributions to their profession and the department over the last three decades.

December 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Stolen truck, gifts found in Roswell

Authorities say a Stone Mountain man suspected of taking a pickup truck from Dawson County may be responsible for additional holiday-related crimes here and elsewhere.

December 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Academy wants campus

Residents in the Gold Creek subdivision are not sold on an Atlanta-based sports academy's plan to buy the Southern Catholic College campus.

December 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


Fatal fire is probed

Officials have yet to determine the cause of last week's fire on Pinewood Trail that killed an elderly Dawsonville woman and displaced 10 other people, including seven children.

December 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Filling the sleigh

A few of Santa's elves wore Dawson County Sheriff's uniforms Thursday for the agency's annual Shop with a Cop event.

December 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Man pleads guilty to child molestation

A 31-year-old Dawsonville man who pleaded guilty to child molestation charges will spend at least 13 years in prison.

December 22, 2010 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Pedestrian ID’d in fatal collision

Authorities said wintry weather was not to blame for a collision Thursday that claimed the life of a pedestrian on Ga. 400.

December 17, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Pheasant shoot benefits senior center

The Dawson County Senior Center is steps closer to having a new elevator at the facility after a pheasant shoot on Saturday raised more than $8,500 for the cause.

December 15, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Chairman of commission receives regional honor

Mike Berg received an unexpected honor earlier this month when the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission named him its 2010 Elected Official of the Year.

December 15, 2010 | Michele Hester | Government


Accountant convicted of theft

A local accountant awaits sentencing next month after he was convicted last week on nearly a dozen theft charges.

December 15, 2010 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Joint effort aims to recycle instruments

A collaboration between the Dawson County Arts Council and RIC Rack Thrift Store could introduce the art of making music to students who may otherwise not have the chance.

December 08, 2010 | Michele Hester | Education


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Articles By Author - Michele Hester


Pepper Pettit named Rotarian of the Year

It's not often that Pepper Pettit finds himself speechless.

July 02, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Forsyth County man killed in weekend crash

A Forsyth County man was killed Saturday night as he attempted to pull onto Ga. 400 from Nightfire Drive.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Sparks fly for the 4th of July

The Independence Day celebration will once again rev into gear Saturday at Atlanta Motorsports Park with a fireworks display to wow spectators for miles away.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Hospitality Highway renamed for tourism pioneer

The north end of Ga. 400 will now be known as the Bill T. Hardman Hospitality Highway.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Local churches take stance on same-sex marriage

Friday's Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage drew both jeers and cheers, and was followed by ministers across the state taking the issue to the pulpit on Sunday morning.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Woman charged after alleged home invasion

A Forsyth County woman was arrested last week in connection with what authorities are calling a home invasion at a local mobile home park near Ga. 400.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Dawsonville Heritage Days festivities this weekend

Take a step back in time and experience life of days gone by at Dawsonville's Heritage Days this weekend.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Public has one more chance to speak on social hosting ordinance

The public has one more chance to voice their concerns on a proposed county ordinance that, if approved, would hold parents accountable if they allow their kids to host drinking parties with their friends.

July 01, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Parent group supports social hosting ordinance

County commissioners are considering a proposed ordinance that, if approved, would hold parents accountable if they allow their kids to host drinking parties with their friends.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | Government


Part of Hospitality Highway to be renamed in honor of tourism pioneer

The portion of Hospitality Highway that runs through Dawson and Lumpkin counties will soon be named in honor of the man first responsible for branding the state a tourism destination.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | BUSINESS


A new makeover

A local civic club is lending a helping hand in support of the arts by painting the deck at the Bowen Center.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Search continues for missing Dawsonville man

A local family is pleading for answers as authorities continue to pursue leads in the search for a missing Dawsonville man.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


Drugs taken during robbery

Authorities are investigating a report that two men assaulted and robbed another at the Kangaroo gas station in Dawson County near Ga. 400 last week.

June 24, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Man robbed at Dawson County gas station

Authorities are investigating a report that two men assaulted and robbed another at the Kangaroo gas station in Dawson County near Ga. 400 Friday morning.

June 19, 2015 | Michele Hester | CRIME/COURTS


Search continues for missing Dawsonville man

A local family is pleading for answers as authorities continue to pursue leads in the search for a missing Dawsonville man.

June 17, 2015 | Michele Hester | LOCAL


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